Hymn of Promise

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there's a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There's a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; there's a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. ~~ words & music by Natalie Sleeth, 1986 United Methodist Hymnal

Friday, December 4, 2009

I'm joining my friend and neighbor Susan @ http://thoughtsfromovertherainbow.blogspot.com/ for her Deck the Halls Party! I missed last week because I just wasn't ready! I still have alot to do today to finish my Christmas decorating. I've posted pictures of a few of my Christmas tree ornaments. Hope you enjoy this little peek into my obsession with ornaments! When you're done be sure and go on over to Susan's blog and check out everyone's Christmas decorations! Susan is one lovely lady inside and out and her blog is just like her!

This year the tree was the first thing I got up! Last year I bought a pre-lit tree from Hobby Lobby after Christmas! We don't get real trees anymore because they effect our sinuses too much! My old tree was the kind with the pole I had to stick each branch in to and then string it with lights. I always used white and colored lights. I had it down to a science! It only took me a whole day to get the tree ready to decorate!!!!! Needless to say I'm a little anal about my Christmas tree! Pardon my french! Did I say that?!?! Anyway, while I was cooking Thanksgiving dinner I asked my 21 yr. old to bring down my tree. We put it together 1,2,3 and voila the tree was up and the lights already done! How cool is that! Okay, so I'm a little behind the times! It wasn't until last week I got around to decorating it. This new tree is smaller than my previous. My DH came home and saw it and the first thing he said was "you'll never get all of your ornaments on that tree!". Well, he was right, so I'm working on the tree in the dining room and the one in the study. Since I knew my space was limited I rummaged thru my ornaments only putting my most beautiful and favorite ones on the tree! I started putting them on the front first. I had also added a star. By the time my DH came home from work my tree was leaning to the front with the weight of the ornaments! We had to take everything off and straighten the tree again and start all over! It's done and I do believe it's my favorite tree ever! Of course I say that every year! I thought I would miss my colored lights but my ornaments actually seem to show up better with just the white! I love Christmas tree ornaments! Did I mention I love Christmas tree ornaments! You know how most of you are dishaholics....while I'm an ornamentaholic! Whew! that was hard to spell! My tree is a mixture of all kinds of ornaments and all colors! Take a look!

Handmade Ornaments!

These are two of my favorites I made. The ball I made 2 years ago. It's decorated with ribbon and various Christmas piks! The santa ornament I made from a kit 2o something years ago! I can't believe it's that old!

Last year I made several of these Christmas flags. I saw the idea in a magazine. Don't remember which one! They're all different. I have three on my tree. I made them out of scrapbook paper, stickers, ribbon, red and white pipe cleaners and small wood finials I covered with glitter. Have I mentioned how much I love glitter!?! I love how you can glimpse my Christmas tree elf! Isn't he adorable?

To your right is a styrofoam ball I covered with sequins and pearl pins of various colors! Took me forever! But I loved every minute of it! The star was a form I got at Hobby Lobby. One side is this pink and green and white with gold accents, the other is gold and silver. I love glitter! Oh yeah, I said that already!

Faberge Eggs!

Oh, I have more! Trying not to make this post too long!

I love these kind of ornaments! Does anyone know what they're called?


And Faeries!

The ones on the left are part of my Christopher Radko collection. On the right are blown glass ornaments I actually bought at Hobby Lobby last year or the year before...I can't remember!

Vintage Ornaments!

These are ornaments from my Grandmother's. We used the birds on our tree was I was little! A long time ago!!!

Okay, I'm done! But there are so many more! I'd love to share them all but you'd be here til next Tuesday! I'll leave you with this mosaic and a large Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


  1. Laura-I had to come straight over and see what you had for us! Your tree is beautiful with its special ornaments. Yay for the new tree!!! My gold and crystal tree is silk and going straight to the curb after Christmas--it is just like your old one :) Thank you for posting at such a late hour and for your more than sweet comments. Can't wait to hear about the trip!

  2. Such pretty decorations ! Thanks for sharing !

  3. You have a beautiful collection of ornaments!!Thanks for sharing them with us.
    I gave up on a live tree many years ago. To hard on my allergies. Also, the children wanted it up early and the real ones dried out to soon. I did not get a prelit one until 3 years ago - don't know why I waited so long. Sounds like you had a good trip.

  4. LauraLu ~ these are gorgeous!! Your tree is fabulous! I love ornaments that are sentimental and have meaning!

    Have a great day!

    Lou Cinda :)

  5. Hello Dearheart...

    Ohhh my...I could just look at your fabulous ornaments all day, my friend!!! Girl, your tree is simply breathtaking!!! Ohhh...I want to see the whole thing? When are you going to reveal it, Darlin'? It sounds like you had quite the time putting up this new tree, my friend! I got a visual of that tree leaning forward with the weight of all your ornaments! Hehe! I can't believe that you had to take them all off and start over again...ohhh my!!! But it's absolutely gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing it with us...and all of...or should I say...some of...your ornament collection!!! Can't wait to see your other trees!!!

    So how are you doing, my friend? Are you still working? I have just been keeping busy with all the festivities of Christmas...decorating, doing a little online shopping, etc. We are having lots of cold weather right now...in fact, it's only 5 degrees out and snowing like crazy! Hehe! I'm so glad that I don't have to get out in it! It sure is pretty from the window though!

    Well Darlin'...hope my note finds you and your family well!

    Warmest wishes and Christmas Blessings to you and your family...

    Love ya,

  6. Hi Laura Lu! Oh, what gorgeous decorations you have! I just love seeing what kinds of decorations others have.
    We love San Antonio and usually go at least once a year.
    Be a sweetie and thanks for popping in to see me,
    Shelia ;)

  7. I can't believe It's been so long since I've read one of your posts! I have been busy tasseling and haven't had the time I've wanted to blog hop...Your ornaments are so beautiful! I wish I had more of my Mimmie's ornaments. She used to have some of the most beautiful glass ornaments like you have pictured. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas if we don't get to see you before then!

  8. Lauralu, what beautiful decorations you have. I especially love all your vintage ones,along with all the ones you've made. What treasures. Makes me want to get busy and make a few. Thanks for sharing. hugs ~lynne~

  9. Lauralu- the tree ornaments are gorgeous!!I am loving all the angels!
    Prelit tree- girl I still use those old ones that you have to stick each branch in the pole- yup just to cheap to go buy one of those prelit trees and haven't found one cheap at a yard sale!!LOL

    We got our real tree yesterday. Used to go cut it down but since boys are gone there is a man who sells them out of his yard. It was blowing snow and 5 degrees out- Bill said it was almost as hard as cutting one. Well I found one in 5 minutes flat so now its time to string those lights again!!


  10. Oh I do so love all of your ornaments. I have a few Faberge eggs and your ornaments are just stunning. Your tree is so pretty with all the handmade ornaments and the vintage and angel ones as well. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty

  11. Laura, your ornaments are beautiful! I love that fairy dressed in red. I have a couple of the eggs too, and they are definitely among my favorites. Now I want to see a picture of the whole tree! Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. You are so sweet. laurie

  12. Morning, Miss Sweetness! Oh, what beautiful ornaments you have! I have so enjoyed seeing your beautiful things in your lovely home.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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